Soft Hearted Scientists — False Lights
(The Hip Replacement HIP REP 004, 2013, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-06-20
This past May saw the release of the latest CD by those gentle scientists from Cardiff. They have been furiously working in their secret lab to brew their latest concoction of 14 whimsical Brit psych-pop potions. Though they sound reminiscent of the 60s, they are definitely not a retro band. What they have done is create something odd, familiar, and thoroughly enjoyable with a fair amount of variety between the 14 songs. The opening and closing songs, "Tintern Abbey...," are the only truly experimental out there sounding tracks on the disk, and they are a wonderful complement to the rest of the disc. The first true song, "Seeing," is a music hall sing along with a definite "Yellow Submarine" vibe and I was a expecting a goo goo ga joob at the end. "Night of the Hunter" has a lighthearted sound where they have channeled George Harrison and All Things Must Pass. Other songs are like adult nursery rhymes: "Seaside Sid, foolish kid. He went swimming with a giant squid. The squid was vicious, Sid was delicious, now his bones are a home for the deep sea fishes." And the "Panorama" lyric: "White sheep, black sheep, red helicopter. Blue skies, green hills, calm me down." These trippy songs are jam packed with catchy hooks and quirky lyrics. There is no acid drenched guitar pyrotechnics here, just perfectly blended blissful songs. And you don't even really care what the songs are about. The Soft Hearted Scientists are definitely a band to watch!
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